Senior executives

Senior executives

Bevan Warner

Bevan Warner

Managing Director

Bevan was appointed Managing Director of Victoria Legal Aid on 4 August 2008. He has 20 years’ senior executive experience including in Corrections and in Aboriginal Affairs where he developed an appreciation of the diversity and underlying causes of the over representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice and child protection systems. Bevan was formerly the General Manager of Legal Aid Western Australia.

Katie Miller

Katie Miller

Executive Director, Legal Practice
Executive Director, Barwon Region

Katie joined Victoria Legal Aid in August 2016 with more than a decade of experience in supporting the public sector. At the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and the Australian Government Solicitor, Katie assisted clients in administrative law, public sector governance and integrity. Katie is also a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Administrative Law and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In her roles as the Law Institute of Victoria Immediate Past President and Chair of the Accredited Specialisation Board, she developed invaluable insights into the legal assistance sector and the legal profession.

Helen Fatouros

Helen Fatouros

Executive Director, Criminal Law Services
Executive Director for Goulburn region

Helen was appointed Director Criminal Law in January 2013 and has an extensive criminal law background, having been the Directorate Manager of the Specialist Sex Offences Unit at the Office of Public Prosecutions. She has also appeared as a Legal Prosecution Specialist in many complex indictable matters. Helen led the profession-wide implementation of the Sexual Offences Interactive Legal Education Program in 2012, earning her the Law Institute of Victoria’s 2013 President’s Award for Government Lawyer of the Year. Helen was appointed Council Director of the Sentencing Advisory Council by the Victorian Attorney-General in mid-2013. She was appointed as a commissioner to the Victorian Law Reform Commission in September 2014.

Nicole Rich

Nicole Rich

Executive Director Family, Youth and Children’s Law
​Executive Director for Gippsland region

Nicole commenced as Director Family, Youth and Children's Law in August 2013 and was formerly our Director Research and Communications. She is experienced in developing legal research and policy, including as the former Director Policy and Campaigns at the Consumer Action Law Centre, and has practised in the private profession and community legal centres. Nicole is also currently the Chairperson of CHOICE (the Australian Consumers’ Association).

Dan Nicholson

Dan Nicholson

Executive Director, Civil Justice, Access and Equity
Executive Director for Western suburbs region

Dan Nicholson joined Victoria Legal Aid as the Associate Director of Access and Equity in May 2012. Prior to joining Victoria Legal Aid he managed the Human Rights Unit at the Victorian Department of Justice, was Associate to Justice Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal, and worked at Fitzroy Legal Service. He has also worked on a range of human rights issues in Cambodia and Timor-Leste.

Cameron Hume

Cameron Hume

Executive Director, Corporate Affairs
Executive Director for Wimmera region

Cameron was appointed Director Research and Communications in October 2013. In December 2014 he became Victoria Legal Aid's first Director Corporate Affairs. He has worked at the Department of Justice, Victoria, in project, policy and operations management roles relating to law reform and administration of the justice system. He also spent several years as a management consultant working across research and evaluation, strategic planning, and organisational and operational reviews. This work spanned a range of social policy and operational portfolios including justice, human services and the community sector. Cameron holds a Masters of Public Policy and Management.

Peter Noble

Peter Noble

Executive Director, Services and Innovation

Peter was appointed Executive Director, Services and Innovation, at Victoria Legal Aid in August 2016. Peter’s legal practice experience has focused on the legal assistance sector, initially as a private practitioner in Queensland and later with the community legal centre sector. He led the establishment of Bendigo’s Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre and Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre, becoming Executive Officer of their parent organisation ARC Justice in 2013. Peter’s work has focused on innovative service design, including Health Justice Partnerships, and meeting the justice needs of rural and regional communities.

Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings

Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth joined Victoria Legal Aid as Chief Financial Officer in November 2011. She was previously Head of Strategic Finance at World Vision Australia. She has held senior financial roles in government and not-for-profit sectors. Her commitment to social justice is also reflected in a prior board role at the Leprosy Mission Australia and a current board role at donkey wheel. Elizabeth's qualifications include a Master of Business and a Master of Assessment and Evaluation.